‘Stolen Kisses’ began with an examination of the idea of star-crossed lovers, focusing on Romeo and Juliet.
However, it was the breathtakingly beautiful on-screen kiss between Rhett and Scarlett in Gone with the Wind that really inspired me. And to be honest, it wasn’t difficult to find other examples of lovers kissing; Robert Doisneau’s Le Baiser de L’Hotel de Ville has been on my wall for 25 years and there are some fabulous examples of kisses in art and media. I loved the paintings by Gustav Klimt and Francesco Hayez and Rodin’s sculpture is mesmerising.
There are also some lovely paintings of Romeo and Juliet, including my favourite by Frank Dicksee, but whilst all of these images are beautiful and romantic I wondered how I could achieve a comparable ‘feel’ in a hard, cold metal.
Fortunately, my research brought me to a stunning statue in New York City’s Central Park. The statue of Romeo and Juliet by Milton Hebald is situated outside the Delacorte Theatre. There is so much romance, passion and love in that kiss, it’s truly inspirational and it was the ideal focal point for my piece.